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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Apr 25, 2007 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Live Earth (crack) up date

Something to make you smile:)

Spinal Tap to reform for Live Earth
(Wednesday April 25, 2007 10:11 AM)

Spinal Tap are back, and this time the US mockumentary band wants to help save the world from global warming.

The spoof heavy metal group immortalised in the 1984 mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap, will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.

The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Rob Reiner, who both directed This is Spinal Tap and played the fake documentary maker Marty DeBergi in the film, will also be in attendance.

A new 15-minute film directed by Reiner on the band's reunion will also play at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The festival, hosted by Al Gore, is scheduled to open with a showing of several global warming-themed short films produced by the SOS (Save Our Selves) campaign.

SOS is also putting on the Live Earth concerts, to be held across seven continents. Reiner explained the reunion of Spinal Tap - a band always known more as a parody of rock 'n roll excess than environmental awareness.

"They're not that environmentally conscious, but they've heard of global warming," said Reiner. "Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing - that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler."

The members of Spinal Tap have reunited several times since the film, but not for a number of years. For the band - whose last album was 1992's Break like the Wind - the occasion warranted a new single: Warmer Than Hell.

Reiner provided a sneak peak at the lyrics: "The devil went to Devon, it felt like the fourth degree. He said, 'Is it hot in here, or is it only me?"'

The director said the new short film explained what the band had been doing with their lives lately. Nigel has been raising miniature horses to race, but can't find jockeys small enough to ride them; David is now a hip-hop producer who also runs a colonic clinic; and Derek is in rehab for addiction to the internet.

Is this a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) comment on global warming and/or the live earth show and/or the motives of those taking part?

This post was modified by Jerrob Hungar on 2007-04-25 17:04:22

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 25, 2007 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live Earth (crack) up date

will Viv savage be on keys?

"have a good time all of the time. That's my philosophy, Marty"

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 25, 2007 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live Earth (crack) up date

May God have mercy on the drummer's soul.

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 25, 2007 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live Earth (crack) up date

Oh man, your comment cracked me up. Much needed with a week like I've had at work. Thanks for the laugh!

Nigel Tufnel: [pointing to a customized Marshall amplifier head unit] This is a top, to, uh, you know, what we use on stage, but it's very, very special, because, if you can see...
Marty DiBergi: Yeah...

Nigel Tufnel: [pointing to the control dials] ...the numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven...

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is that any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most... most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up... you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don't know...

Nigel Tufnel: ...nowhere! Exactly! What we do is if we need that extra... push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: ...Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder, and make ten be the top... number, and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause, blank look and snapping chewing gum] These go to eleven.